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Bills Today: Two potential breakout candidates for Buffalo

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1. Two potential breakout candidates for Buffalo

Robert Foster and Shaq Lawson are well-known to Bills fans but not to the rest of the NFL. Foster was undrafted out of Alabama and started three games for Buffalo last season. Lawson, a former first-round pick, is trying to find his role on the Bills defense after his first three seasons in the league.

Each were named an under-the-radar breakout candidate in 2019 by Bleacher Report.

You couldn't be much further under the radar than Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Foster, who flashed late last season but has been overshadowed this offseason by the team's acquisitions of veteran pass-catchers John Brown, Cole Beasley and Tyler Kroft.

Foster emerged as Josh Allen’s top deep threat late last season. He went over 100 yards three times in the second half of the year and averaged over 20 yards per reception. Foster has a chance to be Allen’s favorite deep option this year.

Lawson’s name has been lost in the shuffle with the acquisition of Ed Oliver and veterans like Star Lotulelei, Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy already seem to have solidified their spots on the defensive line.

The Bills decided to decline his fifth-year option but there’s still a role for him as an edge rusher. He earned props from Pro Football Focus for the progress he made last year, including a two-sack performance in the 2018 season finale.

2. Kyle Williams’ makes an impressive run in the USGA Four-Ball Championships

Retired Buffalo Bills defensive tackle turned golfer Kyle Williams was eliminated form the U.S Amateur Four-Ball Championships at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on Bandon, Ore., on Tuesday.

Williams, who played 13 years with the Bills, and partner Gregory Berthelot lost in the Round of 16 to the duo of Bobby Leopold and Tyler Cooke, 5 and 3.

Williams and Berthelot defeated Andrew Grayson and Liam Purslowe, 4 and 3, in the Round of 32.

Williams and Berthelot were the No. 8 seed in the tournament after qualifying with a two-round total of 10-under at Pacific Dunes and Old Macdonald courses on Sunday. The remainder of the tournament was played at Old Macdonald.

Williams and Berthelot qualified for the four-ball championships in March by shooting a 64 at The Country Club of Louisiana in Baton Rouge to lead the field.

Williams spent his entire career with the Bills. He finished his career fifth all-time in sacks with 48.5 and first in quarterback hits with 141.

3. Bills have third-most players over 30

Uh oh. Someone should start making old-age jokes because the Buffalo Bills have the third-most players over 30 years old on the team.

The Bills have 13 members above the three-decade mark behind only the Falcons (14) and Patriots (15) for the most in the NFL. The Browns and Jaguars are tied with the least at three each.

Buffalo’s number isn’t a cause for concern. The Bills added a number of veteran players this offseason and all are expected to contribute. The Bills added Frank Gore (36), Ty Nsekhe (33), Lee Smith (31), Andre Roberts (31) and Cole Beasley (30) to the roster through free agency.

Already on the roster was Lorenzo Alexander (35), Stephen Hauschka (33), Rafael Bush (32), Vladimir Ducasse (31), LeSean McCoy (30), Star Lotulelei (30), Jerry Hughes (30) and Patrick DiMarco (30).

Out of the 13 guys over 30, eight are potential starters (Roberts, Beasley, Alexander, Hauschka, McCoy, Lotulelei, Hughes, DiMarco) and players like Nsekhe and Smith could possible start as well.

The Bills added experience and players who can still contribute. There should be little concern for the amount of players over 30 as the hope for them will be to help develop and teach the plethora of young talent the Bills have as well.

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